Childhood-experiences training begins

Twenty-five people from across South Dakota are participating in two days of training today and Thursday in Rapid City regarding adverse childhood experiences.

They’re trying to better understand how “developmental adversity affects health and wellbeing,” according to a news release from Children’s Home Society of South Dakota and the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment at the University of South Dakota.

They include, in alphabetical order:

Amanda Allison (Avera eSchool Health Program, Sioux Falls);

Charlotte Almanza (Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, Tribal Education Department, Sisseton);

Billie Jo Bakeberg (Kids Club Kids, Spearfish);

Staci Born (South Dakota State University, Brookings);

Shana Cerny (USD Occupational Therapy Program, Vermillion);

Suzanne England (Great Plains Area Indian Health Service, Midland);

Tim Fitzgerald (Black Hills Children’s Home Society, Rapid City);

Shelly Fuller (Huron School District, Huron);

Nicole Henry (US Air Force, Ellsworth Air Force Base, Summerset);

Mary Beth Holzwarth (Endeavor 52, Gettysburg);

Staci Jonson (Behavior Management Systems, Rapid City);

Terry Liggins (Lutheran Social Services, Sioux Falls);

Mary Merrigan (USD, Addiction Studies, Vermillion);

Priscilla Nez (Black Hills Center for American Indian Health, Rapid City);

Tracy Palecek (Catholic Social Services, Rapid City);

Tifanie Petro (Children’s Home Child Advocacy Center, Rapid City);

Melita “Chepa” Rank (Indian Health Services, Fort Thompson);

Rachel Shepherd (Lutheran Social Services, Rapid City);

T.J. Stanfield (Aurora Plains Academy, Plankinton;

Teresa Thie (Children’s Home Society, Sioux Falls);

Heather Tromp (Youth & Family Services, Box Elder);

Kehala Two Bulls (Seventh Circuit CASA Program, Rapid City);

Tori Whipple (Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board, Rapid City);

Karly Winter (Brown County State’s Attorney’s Office, Aberdeen); and

Amy Witt (Lutheran Social Services, Sioux Falls).

Their fellowships are supported by the South Dakota Department of Social Services, South Dakota Department of Health, Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment and Children’s Home Society.

Children’s Home Society was founded in 1893. The Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment is a forum for local, tribal, state and federal groups to work against child sexual abuse and other maltreatment in South Dakota.

The Jolene’s Law task force established by the Legislature led to the center’s creation.